Ice Box Man
April 6, 2012 10:05 PM   Subscribe

I was recently watching the 1985 Tom Hanks movie The Man With One Red Shoe. In it, a dead CIA agent is briefly hidden in Tom Hanks' refrigerator. Can you think of other movies with people in refrigerators?

I've been able to think of two more scenes with people an icebox:
The Fifth Element
Monty Python's Meaning Of Life

I'm not looking for movies set in industrial freezers since people are supposed to be in them or things that aren't refrigerators such as Hans Solo being frozen in Carbonite.
posted by Confess, Fletch to Media & Arts (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Indiana Jones and the crystal skull?
posted by jenkinsEar at 10:07 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

In The Goonies, Chunk finds a dead body in the freezer while he's raiding it for ice cream.
posted by Gator at 10:13 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

There's the scene in Ghostbusters where Sigorny Weaver opens her refrigerator and there's the temple of Zuul or whatever in there...
posted by mr_roboto at 10:14 PM on April 6, 2012 [3 favorites]

Not a movie, but there's an episode of Punky Brewster where one of the gang gets trapped in a fridge.
posted by puritycontrol at 10:15 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

Of course there was the "very special" episode of Punky Brewster that centered on the dangers of playing (and getting trapped to death in) abandoned refrigerators
posted by reverend cuttle at 10:17 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

In Goodfellas, Frankie Carbone is frozen in a refrigerated truck.
posted by dfriedman at 10:28 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

Also, it's not a movie, but in the TV show Dexter, Dexter finds a murdered professor (played by the guy who played the captain in the Battlestar Galactica remake) frozen in a large refrigerator. The murderer was played by Tom Hanks' son, whose name I've also forgotten...
posted by dfriedman at 10:31 PM on April 6, 2012

Desperate Living.

Muffy St. Jacques finds her baby in the refrigerator during an unauthorized babysitter house party.
posted by Sallyfur at 10:38 PM on April 6, 2012

Micmacs, a quite charming french comedy about one man's crusade against local arms dealers. One character, a contortionist, hides in them to startle newbies and as a practical measure when searching a villain's apartment.

'Stuffed into the Fridge" is a trope
which I believe was coined after an observation about sexism in mainstream comics:

These are superheroines who have been either depowered, raped, or cut up and stuck in the refrigerator. I know I missed a bunch. Some have been revived, even improved -- although the question remains as to why they were thrown in the wood chipper in the first place.

The original self-latching fridges were deathtraps for children who would hide in abandoned ones for hide-and-seek games.
Congress eventually mandated the use of the now omnipresent magnetic door seal gaskets.
posted by sebastienbailard at 10:41 PM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]

Oh, in Richard Burton's hilariously awful Bluebeard, the dead wives (and the living one, at one point) are all stored in the freezer.
posted by Gator at 10:45 PM on April 6, 2012

The Lorax has a scene where the Once-ler opens his fridge and finds a barbaloot inside sucking down the last stick of butter.
posted by flabdablet at 11:01 PM on April 6, 2012

Not strictly a movie, but I saw a video of a production of the opera Hansel and Gretel set in the 1950s in which the witch, preparing to roast Hansel, goes to the Frigidaire for vegetables or condiments or something.

When she opens the door, the whole fridge is stacked with dead babies.
posted by La Cieca at 11:39 PM on April 6, 2012

In Breaking Away there is a scene where one of the characters dives down to an underwater refrigerator. It happened again, with tragic results.
posted by b1tr0t at 12:02 AM on April 7, 2012

In my minds eye I can see Hulk Hogan stepping out of a fridge. What movie was that?
posted by LarryC at 12:22 AM on April 7, 2012

Layer Cake
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:59 AM on April 7, 2012

In The Frighteners, Michael J. Fox's character locks himself in the freezer in order to die, so he can fight the bad guy. They later revive him.
posted by XhaustedProphet at 2:38 AM on April 7, 2012

Does American Psycho count?
posted by trip and a half at 2:57 AM on April 7, 2012

Does it have to be a whole person? Severance has a foot in a fridge.
posted by hot soup girl at 5:07 AM on April 7, 2012

Pedro Almodovar's Volver
posted by HeroZero at 5:44 AM on April 7, 2012

From what I remember, Gorky Park had a head in a fridge.
posted by hnnrs at 6:23 AM on April 7, 2012

Misfits, 1st season
posted by Tom-B at 7:19 AM on April 7, 2012

In My Boyfriend's Back I believe the protagonist's mother steals a corpse from the mortuary and hides it in the fridge/freezer.
posted by cranberry_nut at 7:19 AM on April 7, 2012

Return of the Pink Panther.
posted by tommasz at 7:25 AM on April 7, 2012

How about a TV show? In Psych (the episode was called Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead) a museum guard was stuffed in a fridge.

I'm a little ashamed I know that.
posted by workerant at 7:29 AM on April 7, 2012

Ed finds his mom peeling potatoes inside the fridge in Ed and His Dead Mother
posted by buggzzee23 at 7:44 AM on April 7, 2012

The Late Show (1977), a great tragi-comic private detective movie with Art Carney and Lily Tomlin. Dead body in a refrigerator.
posted by wdenton at 8:26 AM on April 7, 2012

In the Todd Solondz film HAPPINESS (1998), Camryn Manheim's character stored the dead body parts of her doorman that she killed in her refrigerator/freezer.
posted by theartandsound at 10:49 AM on April 7, 2012

In Parents bodies are kept in a freezer then served for dinner.
posted by Gilbert at 1:08 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

where the truth lies
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:45 PM on April 7, 2012

The surprise ending of the original Friday the 13th is that the killer was Jason's mother, Pamela Voorhees. Well, in the opening of Part 2, the sole survivor of the original movie finds Pamela's head in a refrigerator, a calling card left by Jason Voorhees, who then goes on to be the villain of Part 2 and nine other sequels (Jason wasn't actually the villain from Part V, too).
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:51 PM on April 7, 2012

Didn't they store Medusa's head in a fridge in Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
posted by Polgara at 9:53 PM on April 7, 2012

In Weekend at Bernies 2 Bernie is smooshed into a mini fridge for a while in order to slow decomposition and hide his smell.
posted by coolxcool=rad at 7:03 AM on April 8, 2012

Also, in the sci fi, horror movie, Hardware, the protagonist pulls the shelves from her fridge and briefly hides in there as the robot who is after her can only see using infrared vision.
posted by coolxcool=rad at 7:08 AM on April 8, 2012 [2 favorites]

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